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Anna Clyne Shorthand

Anna Clyne’s Works Featured in Summer 20/2.0

London-born Anna Clyne (b. 1980) is a Grammy-nominated composer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music, combining resonant soundscapes with propelling textures. She’s collaborated with cutting-edge choreographers, film-makers, visual artists and musicians, and her works are performed throughout the US and around the world. Recent honors include commissions from Carnegie Hall, Southbank Centre, Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, and the Houston Ballet; performances by BBC Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic; and residencies with Chicago Symphony Orchestra, L’Orchestre national d’Île-de-France, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.


July 16 | The Calidore String Quartet gives NY premiere of  Breathing Statues

The Calidore String Quartet  (2014–15 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence) come to Caramoor for the NY premiere of Grammy-nominated English composer Anna Clyne’s Breathing Statues on Thursday, July 16t

The work, premiered in February at Princeton University, was commissioned specifically to accompany works by Beethoven as part of the 250th anniversary of  his birth.

Breathing Statues draws inspiration and musical quotes from Beethoven’s String Quartets No. 13 in B-flat major Op. 130, No. 16 in F major Op. 135 and the Grosse Fuge Op. 133 … it also draws inspiration from ‘On Music’ — a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke … The concept for Breathing Statues came from a poignant moment in the Große Fuge where the music stops and, in between moments of silence, breathes as it shifts from a root position E-flat major chord to a first inversion C major chord.”

July 23 | Musicians from The Knights give world premiere of Shorthand

Musicians from The Knights include the world premiere of Anna Clyne’s Shorthand, for solo cello and string quintet, on Thursday July 23. Cellist Karen Ouzounian (Evnin Rising Stars alumna) is the cello soloist.

Shorthand references two themes from Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata for violin and piano (which inspired Leo Tolstoy’s novella The Kreutzer Sonata): the opening theme, as well as a second theme that Janácek also incorporated in his own String Quartet No. 1, “Kreutzer Sonata” (also inspired by Tolstoy’s novella). That second Beethoven theme inspires the opening material for Shorthand.”




Isolation and Creation

The Future of Live Music

With the rise of the Coronavirus Pandemic, we have been forced to retreat into the safety of our homes (for those of us who are able to), and limit our social gatherings and events. This has turned the world we were accustomed to upside down, trading lunch meetings with Zoom meetings, and Friday nights out with Friday nights in. As we struggle to adapt to what most are calling “the new normal,”musicians struggle to adjust to a world without live music.

Live music has had a strong foothold in society, helping to define generations. Without this outlet, musicians and fans alike have stormed the internet to both create and digest content that cannot be consumed in the same manner as pre-pandemic times. Musicians have been forced to greatly adjust their tactics and methods of creation in order to answer the one major question plaguing musicians and artists alike: “How do we convey the same feeling of a live show to a virtual audience?” While there is no substitute for face-to-face interaction, many musicians have taken on the challenge in order to continue the process of creation and consumption.

Both Vilray and Chris Thile, musicians slated to perform this summer at Caramoor, happily shared their own experiences navigating the pandemic-altered music industry.

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A “Revolutionary Project”

Listening to History in Shirley Graham’s 1932 Opera Tom-Tom 

by Lucy Caplan


Ten thousand spectators came on the first night; fifteen thousand more on the second. They filled the stadium on the lakefront, marveling at the multi-tiered stage, the elephant that lumbered across it, and the thirty-foot waterfall towering above. As the sun set, a light rain began to fall. Its rhythmic patter merged imperceptibly with the sounds emanating from a battalion of percussion instruments. Four soloists and a chorus of hundreds appeared. Their voices guided the audience out of the drizzly present – Cleveland, summer, 1932 – and into the sweeping epic of Tom-Tom, the world-premiere opera unfolding onstage.  

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Special Thanks to Gala Supporters

Thank you to our 2020 Gala Supporters

Each year, Caramoor’s Opening Night Gala comes to fruition and is successful because of the assistance of our dedicated vendors and the support of our invaluable donors. Though we weren’t able to gather this year as planned, we thank all of those who have supported Caramoor despite the trying circumstances. We encourage you to check out our outstanding vendors as well!

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April & May 2020: A Slightly Longer PAUSE

Due to the extension of New York on PAUSE, no work on the campus renovation projects were undertaken at Caramoor until the end of May 2020. However, this provides us with an opportunity to let you know about the exciting work that had been taking place off-campus on a key new piece of the Friends Field and Venetian Theater entrance landscape — a signature piece of sound art by Trimpin, in“C.

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Walter Tower Rosen

A Look Into the Life of Walter Rosen

From the Archives
by Christopher Thomas, Archive Coordinator

Caramoor’s Archive Coordinator, Christopher Thomas, dug deeper into his research on Walter Rosen and shares a fascinating new account of Walter’s family.

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A Virtual Residency

The Thalea String Quartet Returns to Caramoor.

By Chris Witley, violinist of the Thalea String Quartet


By mid-March, with engagements postponed, flights cancelled, and forecasts for the future of live performance ranging from a bump in the road to something resembling a zombie apocalypse, the Thalea String Quartet faced the same uncertainty as every musician, ensemble, and arts organization in the world. When will we next see the inside of a concert hall? When will people feel safe enough to come to a live performance? How will we reach people with our art when we can’t even leave our own homes? 

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Music Never Sleeps, NYC Pt. 4

Music Never Sleeps NYC, Part 4

Dear friends,

After 11 long weeks of sheltering-at-home, Westchester County finally began Phase One of reopening last Tuesday. Hopefully, this means that we can start dreaming about live concerts soon. (Caramoor would love to welcome you later in July!) So, we’ll wrap up our review of home performances by Caramoor artists from the “Music Never Sleeps NYC” livestreamed marathon with these four contributions.

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Thalea String Quartet in the Lacquer Room

2020 Thalea String Quartet Residency

Thalea inspires despite unique obstacles

Caramoor’s Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence program is a one-year residency designed to both advance the reputation and career of a young quartet and enhance the life of the Caramoor community. In addition to presenting multiple performances at Caramoor throughout the year, the quartet also provides educational outreach to young string players, both in public and private schools, through a program called Student Strings. This year’s String Quartet-in-Residence is the Thalea String Quartet, which began its residency at Caramoor in the fall of 2019. Over the course of eight days, they visited eight local high schools and middle schools, and presented a full-length concert at Caramoor. As part of its school outreach, the Thalea performed for over 300 students and gave sectionals and in-class workshops for student orchestras and ensembles.

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